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Benjamin Franklin: Government Welfare Is Not “Doing Good to the Poor”

The federal government lacks any legitimate constitutional authority to establish welfare programs for the poor. Not only that, the federal welfare system fails in its promise to “help the poor” out of poverty.Supporters of the expansive federal welfare system argue the “general welfare clause” authorizes them. But the general welfare clause is not a blank check. It does not grant blanket authority for the federal government to do anything it decides in its infinite wisdom is for the...

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Fun on Friday: The Government Can’t Even Get Constitution Day Right

Today is Constitution Day.We’re supposed to be celebrating the day the Constitution was signed and presented to the states for ratification. But it’s pretty hard to celebrate because the Constitution is dead.On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates (most of them, but not all) at the Philadelphia Convention signed the proposed Constitution for the United States and sent it off to begin the long and arduous ratification process.James Madison is often called “The Father of the Constitution.” During the...

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The Fed vs. the Constitution: SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap July 2, 2021

Will the Federal Reserve tighten monetary policy to fight inflation? Or will it keep its loose monetary policy in place to support the fake recovery? The central bank has a profound influence on the economy, for better or for worse. But should the Federal Reserve even exist? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey argues that it shouldn’t – not if you follow the original meaning of the Constitution. He makes his case with an interesting history lesson on the creation...

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The Federal Government Has No Constitutional Authority to Impose a Minimum Wage

Talk of hiking the minimum wage at the national level has ramped up in recent weeks. With the Democrats controlling the House and the Senate, and Joe Biden in the White House, it seems increasingly likely that we’ll soon see a federal $15 per hour minimum.In other words, it may soon be illegal to take a job that pays less than $15 an hour.Of course, this is a horrible policy. Wages shouldn’t be “regulated.” You must suspend basic laws of economics to think otherwise. I talked in-depth...

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Fun on Friday: Constitution Day

I’m not sure that this is appropriate for “fun” on Friday. It’s more like sad on Friday. Or ironic on Friday. But I don’t have anything more fun, so I’m going to run with this.As you may know, yesterday was Constitution Day. And you know what? The federal government can’t even get that right.On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates (most of them, but not all) at the Philadelphia Convention signed the proposed Constitution for the United States and sent it off to begin the long and arduous ratification...

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Rothbard’s Lost Book on the Constitution

The long-awaited (to put it mildly) 300+ page fifth volume of Rothbard’s history of the American founding, addressing the crucial period of the Constitutional Convention (which, you will not be surprised to learn, Rothbard views as something less than a heroic miracle of liberty) is finally available, both in print and as a free download. Published on: November 2, 2019November 2, 2019Author: Roderick Long

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News from 2021

The following post is purely speculative: Newly elected President Bernie Sanders asks Congress for money to build homeless shelters. The GOP led Senate refuses to appropriate the funds. In desperation, Sanders declares that homelessness is a national emergency, threatening to spread disease to our largest cities. He cites numerous conservative media outlets when making that claim. Sanders then diverts $50 billion from the defense budget to the construction of homeless...

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10 Common-Sense Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Unfortunately, my recent essay Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Has Failed deeply offended readers whom I had no intent to offend. One reader even decided to stop reading my work, which is extreme in the polite and cordial little world of Of Two Minds, where differences of opinion are expected and welcomed as long as they add to our shared understanding of the great issues of our era. The key point of offense is my suggestion that the Constitution itself is wanting,...

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Nullification! It’s Your Dime Interview with Tenth Amendment Center Founder Michael Boldin

What can we do when the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority? Thomas Jefferson answered that question in 1798. He said, “nullification is the rightful remedy.” But what in the world is nullification? And how do you do it?If you want to understand the principles of nullification first formally outlined by Jefferson and James Madison, and how to put them into practice, the Tenth Amendment Center is the best resource out there. In this episode of It’s Your...

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Canada 150 — 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

“Canada” turns 150 today. Of course, no one is alive from 150 years ago, but the institution set up in 1867 still exists. Individuals in the northern half of the North American continent still identify, first and foremost in many cases, as Canadian. But Canada didn’t really begin in 1867. Before then there was a smaller, semi-independent colony called the Province of Canada in what is now Quebec and Ontario. Since Englishmen in British North America demanded the same rights as those in...

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